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Het babelvirus (1992)

door Neal Stephenson

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In the future the only relief from the sea of logos is the computer-generated universe of virtual reality. Now a strange computer virus, called Snow Crash, is striking down hackers, leaving an unlikely young man as humankind's last hope.
Onlangs toegevoegd doorchrisofspades, besloten bibliotheek, Bombadil77, royragsdale, misslevel, Harlekuin, j3b, wyclif, jsclev
Nagelaten BibliothekenTerence Kemp McKenna, Tim Spalding
  1. 253
    Cryptonomicon door Neal Stephenson (moonstormer)
  2. 150
    Ready Player One door Ernest Cline (davesmind, jbgryphon, fulner)
    davesmind: Although Snow Crash is a classic of cyberpunk, I think Ready Player One has a more captivating story - especially if you played video games in the 80's
    jbgryphon: RPO's OASIS owes it's existence as much to Neil Stephenson's Metaverse as to the miriad of geek universes that are included in it.
    fulner: Ready player one is what Snow crash should have been. A story focused primarily on the inter-personal-relationships of others "online" in a futuristic version of the internet in which we live in a 3-D world as the real world around us crashes and burns. The biggest difference is Ready Player One Doesn't Suck. Still somewhat heretical, but its heresy can be easily dismissed on that the protagonist is an atheist.… (meer)
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    Zenumagiër door William Gibson (thebookpile)
  4. 60
    Daemon door Daniel Suarez (thehoodedone)
  5. 50
    De Alchemist door Neal Stephenson (atrautz)
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    Biochips door William Gibson (thebookpile)
  7. 40
    Halting State door Charles Stross (infiniteletters)
  8. 62
    Little brother door Cory Doctorow (JFDR)
  9. 30
    Dromen androïden over elektrische schapen? door Philip K. Dick (ecureuil)
  10. 20
    Altered Carbon door Richard K. Morgan (electronicmemory)
  11. 20
    The Star Fraction door Ken MacLeod (Noisy)
    Noisy: Anarchy viewed from both sides of the fence. 'Snow Crash' offers the capitalist view and 'The Star Fraction' offers the socialist counterpart.
  12. 20
    Omnitopia Dawn door Diane Duane (pammab)
    pammab: To explore the possibilities of virtual reality in the near future. Duane's is much more traditional and pro-corporate fantasy; Stephenson's is more humor-based anti-corporate cyberpunk.
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    The Stone Canal door Ken MacLeod (bsackerman)
  14. 10
    Trouble and Her Friends door Melissa Scott (vwinsloe)
    vwinsloe: Cyberpunk
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    Stad van Gouden Schaduw door Tad Williams (romula)
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    Virtueel licht door William Gibson (Moehrendorf)
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    This Gaming Life: Travels in Three Cities door Jim Rossignol (infiniteletters)
  18. 12
    De Da Vinci Code door Dan Brown (fulner)
    fulner: Heretical Fiction
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Narrated by Jonathan Davis

I really enjoyed the quality of the narration; Mr. Davis does an excellent job rendering the voices of the various characters within the story.

This was a fun read for the most part ... although the heavy exploitation of various stereo-types might be offensive to some, it really is the key to most of the humor in the story; at least Mr. Stephenson is an equal opportunity satirist in creating his dystopian society. The story pokes fun at corporate franchises, Christians (Orthodox Russians, Catholics and evangelists), the feds, the mafia, Columbian drug cartels, pizza delivery drivers, skateboard couriers, gated communities (burbclaves), apartheid, Alaskan red-necks, and a host of others. The characters themselves are very shallow and underdeveloped, though most are still memorable none the less.

This central plot merges ancient Sumerian mythology as alternate history with computer technology to construct an idea that humans have a basic or innate language ability that was 'hard coded' into our brain. This direct neural wiring left humans vulnerable to a memetic or 'meta virus' that basically turns humans into automatons. Stephenson uses a series of interactions (info-dumps) with a database AI (The Librarian) to introduce reader to the concepts needed to fully appreciate the plot climax. Unfortunately this is where Stephenson starts to lose his way (and a star) while the satire becomes less skillful and the story displays more violence (needlessly so in some cases). The strange introduction of teenage sex with a much older and very violent male antagonist toward the end of the book really detracted from the story as a whole. Finally, the conclusion seemed confused and somewhat aimless and unsatisfying by the end (Where was Raven's kaboom!). ( )
  Kris.Larson | Sep 13, 2021 |
I went into Snow Crash with trepidation. It’s considered one of the greatest cyberpunk novels of all time, and there was so much hype from friends and the Internet that I (almost) believed it wouldn’t live up to expectations.

I was pleasantly and gloriously wrong.

Despite being published in 1992, Stephenson captures the very essence of 2018 culture and technology. The Metaverse, which is presented in both 2D and 3D as VR, is pretty much a fancier version of the Internet. Hypercards, avatars, “hacking,” and AI that were presented could be replaced with contemporary tools and technologies.

Depictions of people in the Metaverse is also spot-on, especially in the ways they interact with each other. Yes, there are some dated bits (most prominently, buying software off the shelves), but for the most part it was on point.

Stephenson does excellent world building, too. I loved the execution of “franchulates,” which are a result of the breakdown of countries as we know it. The idea of electronic visas (as barcodes on people’s bodies) in 1992 may have seemed far-fetched, but now it seems logical and the next step forward. He also captures the utter banality of government bureaucracy in brilliant detail. The idea of cybersecurity, bionic people, and the mashup of organic matter with metal bodies – all these are explored in very interesting ways.

Thankfully, the book does not take itself too seriously. The light-hearted tone helps set up the protagonists Hiro and Y.T., both of whom have enough spunk and heart to stand out in a world that has grown cynically dark and bitter. To be fair though, Y.T. felt more developed than Hiro. She had more genuine moments and character development than others in the story. Having said that, ancillary characters are almost cardboard cutouts, being introduced and disposed of without much fanfare.

While the story is brisk, it gets slightly bogged down in the middle, especially with the very academic discussion of language and its use in programming people. I found the concept of the memetic, neurological virus remarkable, particularly in the way it tied into computer programming.

It may not be deep or thought provoking, but Snow Crash stands out as a work that you will positively remember in the crowded cyberpunk literary landscape. Get yourself a copy of the book and plug into the Metaverse, pronto! ( )
2 stem bdgamer | Sep 10, 2021 |
I read this as a twelve year old and thought it was awesome. I'm not going to reread it, because I highly doubt it holds up. ( )
  MCBacon | Aug 2, 2021 |
Like a random slice through one of Stephenson's later, larger works.

As scattered and hard to follow as Terry Pratchet's "The Colour of Magic"; you have to work hard to remember how your character ended up here, and where here is.

All the Stephenson tropes on display, though.

A sort of light-hearted dystopianism pervades.

Software engineers don't get to think they're so special anymore. ( )
  themulhern | Jul 31, 2021 |
Snow Crash (Bantam Spectra Book) by Neal Stephenson (2000) ( )
  arosoff | Jul 10, 2021 |
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Hiro Protagonist (who has chosen his own name, of course) turns out to be entertaining company, and Mr. Stephenson turns out to be an engaging guide to an onrushing tomorrow that is as farcical as it is horrific.
 
Stephenson has not stepped, he has vaulted onto the literary stage with this novel.
toegevoegd door GYKM | bewerkLos Angeles Reader
 
A cross between Neuromancer and Thomas Pynchon's Vineland. This is no mere hyperbole.
toegevoegd door GYKM | bewerkSan Francisco Bay Guardian
 

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Stephenson, Nealprimaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
Davis, JonathanVertellerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Jensen, BruceArtiest omslagafbeeldingSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Körber, JoachimÜbersetzerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Podevin, Jean-FrançoisArtiest omslagafbeeldingSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
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